Maqis seizes 18 tonnes of frozen meat from Denmark


JOHOR BARU: A shipping container containing 18 tonnes of pork has been seized by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (Maqis).

Its Johor director Edie Putra Md Yusof said 772 boxes of the products, worth about RM300,000, were found at the Pasir Gudang Port during a routine inspection at around 6pm on Wednesday (Feb 28).

“The meat was imported from Denmark, but there was some confusion with the documents produced by the delivery agent.

“The information of one slaughterhouse was declared in the documents whereas the health certificates that came with the shipping container showed three slaughterhouses,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 29).

Edie Putra added that Maqis took the statements of the delivery agent and importer, both men in their 30s, and released them.

He said the case is investigated under Section 13 of the Maqis Act 2011 [Act 728] for providing inaccurate information for import, which carries a fine of not more than RM5,000 or a jail term of not exceeding two years, or both upon conviction.

He added that the department would continue monitoring the country’s entry points to safeguard the people’s food safety.

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